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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:122
  1. Gregory Battle, general practitioner
  1. London

    On 29 June the BMA conference passed a historic motion of no confidence in the General Medical Council, the regulatory authority of its own profession. The GMC had been “shamed,” said the Times, and the Guardian suggested that the government had been handed a “trump card” to abolish the GMC altogether (30 June).

    This may well be the mortal blow to an organisation already reeling from a sustained attack from both the media and the broader public. How is the GMC fighting back?

    Its latest effort to do so is a sorry dumbing down of its newsletter, GMC News, out this month. Glossier and noisier than its predecessor, it proclaims its key messages in letters …

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